Originally Posted by BigStone777
If iodine can be used to sterilize equipment, and it can be used to make dirty water into clean drinking water, can it be used in place of campden tablets?
I think it COULD...But I don't think you'd want to. I think that in enough concentration to kill bacteria in a mass of water, it would flavor your mead, as well as have an effect on your yeast.
When you think of sanitizers...think of the fact that you don't really use ALL of the sanitizer to kill off the bugs on stuff. It is only the few molecule thick layer that actually touches a surface that does the work. This is why they are "NO RINSE". They really leave almost nothing behind when dumped out.
Do I remember that you are in Back Woods China somewhere? Due to your lack of campden, You might try a spontanious ferment for a few days before adding yeast. You might come up with someting really great.